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Tilth Beauty Refresh Peptide Mist- reader reviewed


Organic ingredients, contains photodamage-repairing peptide


Contains controversial preservative sodium benzoate
June 21, 2013 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 3 Comments
A refreshing facial mist for those with sun-damaged skin

Reviewed by Lynda

I recently tested the Tilth Beauty Refresh Peptide Mist ($45) with calming botanicals and the peptide Melitane. I haven’t been an enthusiast of facial mists or toners since I was a teenager, when I “splurged” my hard-earned money on a can of Evian facial mist. I felt incredibly luxurious – that is, until my father questioned why I’d waste my money to spray water on my face! For once, I had no smart reply to whip at him; and ever since I’ve been unable to spend money on mists without feeling a little silly. However, the “calming” properties of the Refresh Peptide Mist caught my eye enough to give it a try, hoping to find relief from my recurrent bouts of eczema.

Tilth Beauty products have no parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petroleum-based products, silicones, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, animal/dairy bi-products, gluten or GMOs. The brand does not test its products on animals, and uses environmentally friendly packaging.

The main active in Refresh Peptide Mist is Melitane, a biomimetic peptide of a naturally occurring hormone that calms inflammation and is particularly effective in preventing UV-related damage. By stimulating the production of melanin in the epidermis, Melitane may complement our own levels of natural melanin to strengthen the skin’s defences against the harmful effects of the sun and free radicals.

Its other active ingredients include blue lotus flower extract (phytosterols and flavonoids to stimulate circulation, calm and soothe); organic aloe leaf juice (to calm, moisturize and soothe); and Abyssine 657, which is a marine microorganism that soothes and calms sensitive skin harmed by chemical, mechanical, and UVB damage. Witch hazel, orange and lavender add benefits for both the skin and contribute to the product’s scent.

With all this going into Tilth Beauty’s Refresh Peptide Mist, there isn’t much to criticize. It is refreshing. It does have a lovely subtle natural fragrance. The ingredients are good for your skin, though I can’t say I noticed any difference in my skin’s condition – either in the way it looked or felt. The 1-oz. bottle lasted less than the four weeks I was supposed to test it for. I used it sparingly twice a day, and it lasted less than three weeks, so certainly not a fair test to see changes in skin condition. But that’s where my father’s voice re-entered my head and tempered my positive review. My skin felt immediately refreshed, but didn’t feel or look calmed beyond the immediate spritz. At $45 a bottle that lasts less than three weeks, I can’t confidently say that a spray bottle filled with plain water, a few drops of essential oils and witch hazel wouldn’t achieve the same refreshing effects. Ultimately, this is a nice mist, but not a luxury I’d invest in consistently.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol, Glycerin, Acetyl Hexapeptide1, Nymphaea Coerulea (Blue Lotus) Flower Extract, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Dextran, Potassium Sorbate, Polysorbate 20, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate

*Certified Organic Ingredient

  • June 28, 2013

    by Susan S.

    Sounds to me like it causes the skin to darken or chemically induces a slight tan, (which would be somewhat UV protecting, as that is the nature of a tan) and that would be fine I guess if one were pale and looking for a little "glow", but only if it were doing so evenly on the skin and not exacerbating those areas that may already be dark due to over production of melanin ... not sure if that would be possible.

    On the other hand, this sounds like a great ingredient to put in a body moisturizer or sunscreen, so one could get a little color with less/or no sun exposure (if that's your thing) : )

  • June 28, 2013

    by Marta

    That's a good question Susan. And I must admit that it is confusing. The manufacturer of Melitane actually says that it "induces skin pigmentation", but also that it protects against UV (which is true of melanin)

  • June 26, 2013

    by Susan S.

    I'm curious about this peptide Melitane. If it stimulates the production of melanin in the epidermis, could it not have the unwanted side effect of actually causing or darkening brown spots? Usually skincare ingredients are trying to supress melanin expression precisely because of this.

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